Is It Wrong To Workout Just For Vanity Purposes.?

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    May 13, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    Well, is it.?

    Because I honestly do want to gain some muscle so I can get more toned, however, the main reason I'm doing it is so that I can actually feel good about my body when I look at myself shirtless in the mirror. Being slim is fine and all, but I'd actually like to be one of those guys who has some muscle on his body. After all, it isn't fair that I ask for a guy who's in shape and has muscles when I'm just naturally slender.
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    May 13, 2011 6:14 AM GMT
    Nothing wrong with working out to look better.

    There may be a problem if you get to a point where you're obsessively working out, develop feelings of self-loathing because you have unrealistic expectations, think you're not good enough, develop a dysmorphic disorder, etc...

    But aside from that improving your self image is a perfectly fine and healthy reason for doing it.
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    May 13, 2011 6:17 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidNothing wrong with working out to look better.

    There may be a problem if you get to a point where you're obsessively working out, develop feelings of self-loathing because you have unrealistic expectations, think you're not good enough, develop a dysmorphic disorder, etc...

    But aside from that improving your self image is a perfectly fine and healthy reason for doing it.

    That's great to hear.! I believe once I get muscles, then all of boys will want to If U Seek Amy. icon_lol.gif
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    May 13, 2011 6:37 AM GMT
    TheLetterD saidIs It Wrong To Workout Just For Vanity Purposes.?
    Only if you include the diet, because without the diet you'll never reach the level I'm at. icon_cool.gif
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    May 13, 2011 6:42 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    TheLetterD saidIs It Wrong To Workout Just For Vanity Purposes.?
    Only if you include the diet, because without the diet you'll never reach the level I'm at. icon_cool.gif

    Hm, I don't know if I want to be as muscular as you yet. icon_lol.gif
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    May 13, 2011 6:43 AM GMT
    TheLetterD said
    paulflexes said
    TheLetterD saidIs It Wrong To Workout Just For Vanity Purposes.?
    Only if you include the diet, because without the diet you'll never reach the level I'm at. icon_cool.gif

    Hm, I don't know if I want to be as muscular as you yet. icon_lol.gif
    I have no choice.
    It's 99% genetics, and 1% diet since I leaned out after being a fatass for 39 years. icon_wink.gif
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    May 13, 2011 6:47 AM GMT
    Isn't that the main reason Why to workout? I mean if most people didn't workout for vanity reason I think there'll be more fatasses walking around....*shudders*....
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    May 13, 2011 6:58 AM GMT
    i_VAN saidIsn't that the main reason Why to workout? I mean if most people didn't workout for vanity reason I think there'll be more fatasses walking around....*shudders*....
    Welcome to the straight world.
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    May 13, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    I'm willing to bet the majority of people who work out regularly have body image as a priority. Then there's the crowd who work out because it's the "right thing to do" (ie. their doctor told them to do it). Then even more uncommon are those who work out for athletic performance.

    If vanity is your motivator, then by all means let it motivate you. We all know how it is to get motivated sometimes, so whatever works for you. Just don't let motivation turn into unhealthy obsession, and you'll be fine.
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    May 13, 2011 4:43 PM GMT
    no
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    May 13, 2011 4:44 PM GMT
    no, it's not wrong at all.

    i actually started working out because i was so damned tired of antidepressants and their side effects. now that's not what KEPT me working out. i mean, i could get an endorphin rush from less, but i enjoy it now. it's get me high. i like being attractive, and it's fun.

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    May 13, 2011 4:50 PM GMT
    theantijock saidGood health is just a side effect. A fringe benefit of vanity.


    I'm of the opposite mindset. Being a former fatty with a shit ton of health problems, my own personal health is my main priority for training.
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    May 13, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    I used to be really self-conscious because I was a skinny kid. Being Chinese and Puerto Rican in the U.S. South didn't help much either. I certainly looked different and people always stared at me. I felt like a freak.

    Then, I found the gym. I did so for both health and vanity reasons. Now, 14 years later, people still stare at me. This time, they stare because I'm kind of hot for a 46 year old guy. I can tell from the looks they give me. I also smile back. They smile too.

    Also, now I AM a freak (at least in the sheets). icon_twisted.gif
  • andrewVonPelt

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    May 13, 2011 5:27 PM GMT
    nothing wrong with being vain. OR narcissistic for that matter ;-)
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    May 13, 2011 5:34 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    TheLetterD saidIs It Wrong To Workout Just For Vanity Purposes.?
    Only if you include the diet, because without the diet you'll never reach the level I'm at. icon_cool.gif



    No offense...but what level? O_O
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    May 13, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    i_VAN saidIsn't that the main reason Why to workout? I mean if most people didn't workout for vanity reason I think there'll be more fatasses walking around....*shudders*....


    for the most part there is no reason to be fat...you dont have to be big and muscular but there is no reason to be fat. have to many kids? who told you to open those legs so much. dont have time too cook? BS you can always make something even if it is a sandwich(a real sandwich) or you can make better choices instead of stuffing your face at fast foods.

    going back to the subject...it is ok to work out to improve your image. just know that if you just become a stuck up...for the most part...no one will take you seriously O_O
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    May 13, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    TheLetterD said
    paulflexes said
    TheLetterD saidIs It Wrong To Workout Just For Vanity Purposes.?
    Only if you include the diet, because without the diet you'll never reach the level I'm at. icon_cool.gif

    Hm, I don't know if I want to be as muscular as you yet. icon_lol.gif
    I have no choice.
    It's 99% genetics, and 1% diet since I leaned out after being a fatass for 39 years. icon_wink.gif


    Seriously???....you have a lot of competition on this site icon_biggrin.gif, now let's not get tooooo full of ourselves!
  • swimmer8671

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    May 13, 2011 5:44 PM GMT
    Haha well i swim competitively because i love swimming and i like being competitive and working hard. Getting a good body is a side effect haha.

    But from what i can tell people do not go to the gym for any reason but to improve how they look. I mean if you worked out and it didn't change any aspect of your body and it just made you healthier most people wouldn't bother. Of course there is always the psychological aspect as well, wanting to feel better about yourself. and feeling like you are healthy and attractive.
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    May 13, 2011 5:45 PM GMT
    I think perhaps when you look better, you feel better about yourself? Or is it the other way around? Either way it's good for you.
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    May 13, 2011 5:57 PM GMT
    TheLetterD saidWell, is it.?

    Because I honestly do want to gain some muscle so I can get more toned, however, the main reason I'm doing it is so that I can actually feel good about my body when I look at myself shirtless in the mirror. Being slim is fine and all, but I'd actually like to be one of those guys who has some muscle on his body. After all, it isn't fair that I ask for a guy who's in shape and has muscles when I'm just naturally slender.


    Shut up
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    May 13, 2011 6:02 PM GMT
    TheLetterD saidWell, is it.?

    Because I honestly do want to gain some muscle so I can get more toned, however, the main reason I'm doing it is so that I can actually feel good about my body when I look at myself shirtless in the mirror. Being slim is fine and all, but I'd actually like to be one of those guys who has some muscle on his body. After all, it isn't fair that I ask for a guy who's in shape and has muscles when I'm just naturally slender.


    Same reason I started working out - for vanity. Little did I know all the other benefits that would come along with it. Big self esteem boost, better overall health, clothes fit better and yeah you definitely feel and look good.

    Do it!
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    May 13, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    charlitos saidno


    I support Charlitos and his view on this topic.
  • TadPohl

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    May 13, 2011 6:45 PM GMT
    Is there another reason to work out?
    In all seriousness working out is good for you regardless of the reason why you're doing it. It strengthens your muscles, your bones and your cardio cascular system.
    If working out helps you pull the attention of sexy men or if it makes you proud of the way you look..... then power to you. It's an additional power bonus.

    -V
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    May 13, 2011 6:59 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    i_VAN saidIsn't that the main reason Why to workout? I mean if most people didn't workout for vanity reason I think there'll be more fatasses walking around....*shudders*....
    Welcome to the straight world.
    Ain't you glad you're gay now?


    gyms don't thrive on the gay clientele.
    so lots of str8 asses are vain.. extremely vain in fact.
    that's what i see at my gym anyway.
    .. not that i'm complaining ;)
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    May 13, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    Ha. I work out to look good. Then to make sure that I can kick ass when I need to. THEN for stress management and other health purposes. In that order.